Atwater Village gang member slapped with 15-year prison sentence as part of federal racketeering case

Atwater Village — A Toonerville gang member was sentenced this week to 15 years in prison for drug trafficking and other charges in connection with his role in a Mexican Mafia-controlled network of gangs, reports My News LA.

Federal prosecutors said that Giovanni “Suspect” Olvera, 27, who pleaded guilty to the charges last year, distributed drugs and collected “taxes” from gangs in Atwater Village, Elysian Valley, Glendale and Northeast L.A.

The Atwater Village resident was one of 15 defendants named in a 2015 federal racketeering indictment that describes how an imprisoned Mexican Mafia member forged a truce among formerly rival gangs — Frogtown, Toonerville and Rascals — to control drug trafficking, extortion and violent crime.

Last December, a Frogtown gang member from Elysian Valley  plead guilty to racketeering conspiracy, drug trafficking and other charges for his role in a Mexican Mafia-controlled network of gangs, reports EGP News. Federal prosecutors said that 28-year-old Jonathan Zepeda  faces a minimum of 15 years in federal prison for distributing methamphetamines and collecting “taxes” from dealers in nearby gang territories.

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